King Charles III addresses Accession Council members
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In a sombre ceremony with the memory of the late Queen hanging over it, Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Prime Minister Liz Truss and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer are set to lead senior MPs in swearing allegiance to the new King at 1pm at the same time as members of the House of Lords. MPs and peers are unable to take their seats before swearing loyalty to the Monarch, however, the oaths taken today are symbolic of the passing on the crown to a new Monarch.
MPs will not be obliged to take an oath to King Charles III because their original one to the late Queen still stands in law.
However, all MPs and peers have been offered the chance of taking a new oath as a symbolic gesture of a new era in British history and to mark with the tradition of Parliamentarians showing their loyalty to the Crown.
King Charles III became the Sovereign the moment that his mother’s death was confirmed at 6.30pm on Thursday.
His kingship was confirmed earlier today at the meeting of the Accession Council of senior politicians, peers, bishops and members of the Royal household.
A proclamation was declared in the first-ever televised meeting of Privy Counsellors and then read out from the balcony of the Palace of St James where the events took place.
King Charles himself made a statement and swore oaths to the country to accept the Proclamation.
He is now officially confirmed as King and all servants of the Crown including politicians have to show their fealty to him.
Similar opportunities will be provided in the Scottish and Welsh Parliaments as well as the Northern Ireland Assembly when it can be recalled after its current suspension.
King Charles also inherits his mother’s title as head of the Commonwealth and head of state for 14 countries around the world including New Zealand, Canada and Australia.
Senior politicians in these countries are also expected to take a new oath of allegiance to the Crown to mark King Charles’ accession to the throne.
It is expected that Parliament will then hear more tributes to the late Queen today after the oaths are sworn to the new King and then will be suspended for the period of mourning next week.
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